Adult literacy can change everything. Health. Gender equality. Poverty. Every important social issue is impacted by low literacy. When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives.
Illiteracy affects all areas of life. Those with low literacy skills are far more likely to live in poverty, face health problems because they can’t read prescription labels or instructions, and grow isolated in a world increasingly dependent on computers.
Adult Literacy Programs that Change Lives. Helping adults gain literacy skills helps reduce poverty, improve public health, and advance human rights around the world. Our powerful network of over , members, customers, donors, partners, and advocates around the world carry out programs and projects that change lives.
LITERACY AND POVERTY The relationship between level of education and poverty is clear. The National Institute for Literacy estimates that 43% of adult with very low literacy skills live in poverty. About 70% of adult welfare recipients have lower level literacy skill on the National Assessment of the Adult .